Jonah 4

Jonah’s Anger

1But Jonah was greatly displeased and became furious. a 2He prayed to the Lord: b “Please, Lord, isn’t this what I said while I was still in my own country? That’s why I fled toward Tarshish in the first place. c I knew that You are a merciful and compassionate God, d slow to become angry, rich in faithful love, and One who relents from sending disaster. e 3And now, Lord, please take my life from me, f for it is better for me to die than to live.” g

4The Lord asked, “Is it right for you to be angry?”

5 Jonah left the city and sat down east of it. h He made himself a shelter there and sat in its shade to see what would happen to the city. 6Then the Lord God appointed a plant,
A castor-oil plant or a climbing gourd
and it grew up to provide shade over Jonah’s head to ease his discomfort.
Lit to deliver him from his evil
Jonah was greatly pleased with the plant.
7When dawn came the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, and it withered. k

8As the sun was rising, God appointed a scorching east wind. l The sun beat down so much on Jonah’s head m that he almost fainted, and he wanted to die. He said, “It’s better for me to die than to live.” n

9Then God asked Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”“Yes,” he replied. “It is right. I’m angry enough to die!”

10So the Lord said, “You cared about the plant, which you did not labor over and did not grow. It appeared in a night and perished in a night. 11Should I not care about the great city of Nineveh, o which has more than 120,000 people
Or men
who cannot distinguish between their right and their left, q as well as many animals?” r
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